Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief terrorist Yasser Arafat successfully deceived the world about his commitment to wholesale murder, according to a Palestinian Authority lawmaker. Senior Fatah official and PA legislator Muhammad Dahlan announced his belief in a July 22 interview broadcast on PA TV (Fatah) that terrorism is "a legal right," adding that "the international community affirms it for us."
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In the interview, translated by the Washington-based media watchdog Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Dahlan said he "lived with Chairman Yasser Arafat for years. Arafat would condemn [terror] by day while at night he would do honorable things. I don't want to say any more about this."
Arafat was awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize along with then-Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres "for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East." Arafat was included in the award due to the belief that he was a sincere participant in the peace process -- a belief based on his public condemnations of terror.
In his acceptance speech at the Nobel award ceremony, Arafat informed the Norwegian monarch and the panel that granted the prize that "Peace, for us, is an asset and in our interest." But within the very same speech, he also insisted on a "comprehensive withdrawal from the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] and the Gaza Strip", that Jerusalem be internationalized, and that all PA terrorist detainees and prisoners be freed so "that their mothers, wives and children may smile again."
According to Dahlan, the PA does not oppose armed conflict, but is merely biding its time. He told the interviewer "it is the responsibility of the leadership to use [violence] when it wants, in the proper place and at the proper time. We cannot leave it in the hands of youth who use their own judgment This is the difference between [the PA] using this right, and just anyone using it."
The PMW noted in its report that the very forces that will be available to fight Israel "in the proper place and at the proper time" deemed by the PA leadership, are currently being trained by U.S. Lt.-Gen. Keith Dayton, and fully supplied by surrounding Arab nations.